[Pkg-fonts-devel] Inconsolata font

Rogério Brito rbrito at ime.usp.br
Sun Dec 5 00:58:35 UTC 2010

Dear Atsuhito,

On Dec 05 2010, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> I recently noticed that Inconsolata font is duplicated:
> one from ttf-inconsolata and other from texlive-fonts-extra.
> ttf-inconsolata: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-inconsolata/Inconsolata.otf
> texlive-fonts-extra: /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/opentype/public/inconsolata/Inconsolata.otf

Yes, this is unfortunate. And it is not the only duplication that we see
(e.g., Linux Libertine is also there, but with Karl Berry's naming scheme,
and I am sure that many others may be duplicated).

> I see some problems here.
> Is it correct for ttf-inconsolata to put its font under 
> truetype/ttf-inconsolata/?

According to our new Font Policy (being written at this moment, I am behind
my schedule here), this is not correct. The proper place would be
opentype/inconsolata (without the truetype and the ttf- parts).

> It seems to me that texlive-fonts-extra's directory is much
> natural for Inconsolata.otf

No. I like to use Inconsolata for my console (actually, I am always changing
back and forth between some fonts), and instaling texlive-fonts-extra just
for that is way too much.

Actually, *I* have texlive installed on my systems, but I can completely
understand that people would like to have the font, but not all the baggage
that texlive-fonts-* can offer.

> Is it easy and/or possible to fix duplication for ttf-inconsolata?

The easy and possible way to fix the duplication of, not only inconsolata,
but other fonts is to move them from texlive-fonts-* to an appropriate
package, and make texlive-fonts-* depend on such package.

Of course, if texlive *needs* a proper font at a given version, then it
should be free to carry that font with it. Otherwise, just depending on the
font being provided by another package should suffice.

> If there is anything unclear, please feel free to ask me.

Does this address your concern? I think that this would lift some burden of
the shoulders of our texlive team.


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